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    Galaktoboureko (Greek Custard Pie)

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    1 hrs 45 mins

    45 mins

    1 hrs

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    A homey Greek dessert.

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    1. 1
      Beat the eggs with the sugar until thick.
    2. 2
      Add semolina, milk, zest and vanilla extract.
    3. 3
      Cook over a low heat until mixture thickens, stirring continuously.
    4. 4
      Remove from heat; stir in 4 tbsp butter.
    5. 5
      Butter a baking pan 9x12x2 inches and lay 2/3 of pastry sheets, brushing each sheet generously with melted butter.
    6. 6
      The edges of the pastry sheets should come up above the top of the pan.
    7. 7
      Spread milk custard mixture over pastry sheets and turn in the edges of the phyllo over the custard.
    8. 8
      Cover with remaining pastry sheets, buttering each one generously with melted butter once it gets into the baking pan.
    9. 9
      Pour any remaining butter over top.
    10. 10
      Cut through the first 3 pastry sheets (no one will kill you if it's 4! Just use a light touch and a very sharp, pointy knife.) in 3 inch squares and sprinkle pastry with water.
    11. 11
      Bake in a moderate (350°F-180°C) oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour- until golden on top (not golden-brown).
    12. 12
      Allow to cool.
    13. 13
      Boil the sugar, water and lemon juice for 5 minutes.
    14. 14
      Pour lukewarm syrup over the cooled 'Galaktoboureko'.
    15. 15
      Cool before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 11, 2004


      OMG ! I made this recipe for Greek Easter - it's my husbands favorite dessert - he said "WOW"! Then he proclaimed "It tastes Greek!" - which I took as a compliment because he is Greek and I am not. He said it was the best he's ever had. Thanks Evelyn!

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    • on August 06, 2009


      Exactly the way this dessert should taste. Great recipe.

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    • on July 28, 2008


      I made a greek dinner last night. We had this for dessert. It was very good. It wasn't difficult to put together. I love the lemony flavor. I added a cinnamon stick to the syrup recipe. Will definetly make again!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Galaktoboureko (Greek Custard Pie)

    Serving Size: 1 (179 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 429.5
    Calories from Fat 147
    Total Fat 16.3 g
    Saturated Fat 9.0 g
    Cholesterol 93.8 mg
    Sodium 315.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 61.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 30.1 g
    Protein 9.2 g

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